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Ectopic Pregnancy

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when implantation of a fertilized egg occurs outside the womb.

Implantation can occur in many different places. The most common places are: the ovary, the abdomen, the cervix, at the join between the tube and the womb, and the fallopian tube.

What are the Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy?

The most common symptoms of ectopic pregnancy are:

  • Sharp pain in the abdomen or pelvis
  • Signs of early pregnancy
  • Irregular Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain on one side of the abdomen
  • Unexplained dizziness or fainting

Why does and Ectopic Pregnancy occur?

An ectopic pregnancy can occur when the egg moves slowly down the fallopian tubes. It can also occur if there is something obstructing the movement of the egg through the fallopian tube.

Causes of Ectopic Pregnancy

Some of the most common causes of an ectopic pregnancy are:

How is an Ectopic Pregnancy diagnosed?

Your doctor can diagnose ectopic pregnancy through pregnancy tests, vaginal ultrasound, and laparoscopy.

Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

If your doctor believes you have an ectopic pregnancy, surgery and medication are the most common treatment options.

What about future pregnancies?

If a woman has an ectopic pregnancy. She can become pregnant again. However, after having an ectopic pregnancy, the woman is at risk of it happening again.

How common is it Ectopic Pregnancy?

The percentage of pregnancies which are ectopic is about 1% .

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